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The Woodside zip code – 11377 – lost more native sons during the Vietnam War than any other area in the United States. Many other neighborhood residents made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country over the past centuries, and 34 individuals who lived or worked in Woodside died during the Twin Tower terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

On Monday, members of the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813 will honor veterans by placing a wreath at the flagpole at John Vincent Daniels Square near Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street at 11 am. Also, after a 10 am mass, the St. Sebastian War Veterans group will host a parade that kicks off from the St. Sebastian School parking lot at Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.

That’s only part of it. Queens has about 55,000 veteran residents, more than any other borough in New York City. It also hosts the country’s biggest Memorial Day parade (in Little Neck/Douglaston). Here’s a list of local parades scheduled for this weekend.

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Image source: Terrizzi Pastry Shop

For months now, Terrizzi Pastry Shop has been closed. This stalwart of 30th Avenue (GMAP) has been around for about 45 years, making some of the best cannoli, pine nut cookies, and Lidia Bastianich loves coming here for their cassata. We also enjoyed their seasonal gelato.

So seeing them closed week after week, month after month, has been a surprise, since they seemed to be doing so well.

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Serious Eats today published a great article entitled “Lidia Bastianich’s Shopping Guide to Italian Ingredients in Queens” as part of their Neighborhood Guides series. Lidia is, of course, a driving force behind some of NYC’s best Italian restaurants (Felidia, Esca, for instance), part of the group that brought Eataly to Manhattan (a food lovers paradise, no lie), a cookbook author, and television cooking show star (who doesn’t love watching Lidia on PBS?). In the article she highlights an excellent array of Italian food shops located both in the eastern and western sides of the borough, where one can purchase cheese, bread, cured and fresh meats, pasta, produce and pastries.


Image: Sorisso soppressata

Her choices are truly excellent, and many of them are quite beloved among Queens residents.